Very limited performance
I've had this mower for two years now and during that time I've had three batteries. At first I thought the poor battery performance time was due to a faulty battery...not so. The longest the battery has lasted is 12 minutes but is usually it's about ten minutes. In addition the mower will only perform well on short dry grass. Because it's such a poor performer I feel it's not meeting it's claims and is not of merchantable quality. Not recommended for other than very, very small lawns. give it a miss.
Poor battery life - gutless motor
The battery lasts 10 - 15 minutes on dry recently cut lawn. If you are trying to cut anything slightly thick, the motor cuts out. It's as noisy as a petrol mower. I tried to give it to my father in law and he wouldn't take it. I wouldn't recommend this mower to anyone.
Quiet and light.... it also cuts the grass
I think the mower is good value and works well. Time will tell about the batteries however so far they seem pretty good and with our 4 lawn areas ( 2000sqm block) we find the 2 batteries supplied do it. I love the fact it just starts and there is no petrol to deal with. No fumes either. We also have a baby and my wife can mow without waking her! Yes, my wife likes to mow and it's her preference to take charge of the mowing! Lucky me... When I'm relaxing on the back deck I can hardly tell if she's mowing or not out the front. ( joking )... Seriously though I think we will all be driving electric mowers soon! Next will be replacing our petrol wippa sniper when that needs upgrading.
Quiet, light weight cordless mower
Front lawn is approximately 100m2 of Buffalo on a slight incline.
Requirement: a lightweight mower; and to be rid of having to handle fuel (ease of starting).
Various options were considered: Ryobi, E-Go, Bosch.
The larger Victa was selected due to the metal chassis and the brushless motor.
Note: a number of dedicated lawn shops had advised against the larger Victa due to poor run times experienced by some customers.
A very lightly used Victa V-Force with 2 batteries & charger was listed and I took the plunge and purchased. ...Mower is run only in mulch mode using the supplied plug. The lawn can be completed on one battery charge. Run time is very dependent on how moist your lawn is. Rain/drizzle a couple days prior will reduce run time significantly - second battery required. Pros - easy start, quiet, good mulching, light weight, additional skins available that use the same battery (blower/vac, line trimmer, hedge trimmer) Cons - a few fiddly spots under the chassis where grass clippings get caught; - the top cover must be removed on occasion as grass does end up under it. Check Ecomow Lawn & Garden on Facebook for details. - Price, I found the Victa V Force range available at significant discount during the many Bunnings sales. They pop up regularly on Gumtree/eBay too. If I had to pay full RRP, the Ryobi appears to be better value.
Well made and mows brilliantly
I bought this mower with fingers crossed as I could find little information about it. I had read a couple of reviews which were a little mixed in their opinions and of course, the dealers showered this new technology with all kinds of praise. Interestingly, the specialist dealer that I purchased the mower from knew little about the product and even told me that the mower was a cut and catch only even though the packaging clearly showed that it also mulched. Perhaps Mr Victa needs to educate people more?
I decided on a Victa after having look...ed at a Sthil and a Couple of other Bunnings brands. The Stihl was obviously well made but it was narrow and expensive. The dealer also told me that it would struggle, on my buffalo, lawn and really, he wasn't interested in selling me anything other than a petrol mower. The Bunnings models I looked at appeared quite similar to each other except the Victa which boasted a full steel deck and a very positive height adjustment and comfort handles. It was too hard to find one at Bunnings to sell me so i took myself to the local specialist dealer and bought one there. Once unboxed at home the mower took all of five minutes to assemble.. It was packaged very well and all components were In top condition with no scratches or dents. No tools were required to assemble the mower. Paint finish on the steel deck was in good order and the upper plastic components appeared to be robustly made. I never researched the blades initially and assumed that they would be the single bar type but was delighted to find that this mower was equipped with normal Victa swing blades on a disc. Victa have decades on knowledge in this area and one thing I know is that when it comes to blade change time, the blades will be easy to replace and cheap to buy. Victa blade technology has always been some of the best around. The mulching plug (Stihl charge crazy money for this item as an accessory), was in position already and the soft catcher was packed separately. I'm not used to these soft catchers and am not sure how long they will last with high speed sticks and stones hitting them but they must work alright or they wouldn't sell them - or would they? After charging the battery it was time to give the new mower a go. I have 350sqm of mixed buffalo and weed on a flat block with gardens, kids play equipment and various other obstacles to negotiate. A fairly typical outer suburban block. We have had good rain lately so,the grass was quite green with a high moisture content. Push the white button and lift the bail and the soft start motor gently comes to life. My first observations were how quiet the motor runs and how smooth it is. Almost no vibration at all. This is very pleasant. No need for hearing protection with this mower. I set the correct height with the well made adjuster and off I went. The motor is equipped with load sensing technology so when the grass is thicker, the engine speeds up and drops down to lower power when things get easier. This obviously saves unnecessary draw on the battery. I found that this function kicked in 5 or 6 times on my lawn with the revs dropping back as soon as the thick patch had been covered. This mower mows well. There is no other way to say it. It cut through the buffalo perfectly and coped with the light stringy weeds just as well. I am confident that this mower would cope well with those light seeded lawns that are popular at the moment as the blades are very sharp and the deck is well designed. The mulching function works particularly well with my lawn left clean and clipping free. It never looked like clogging or bunching up. I am of the opinion that the cutting performance is at least the equal of any petrol powered mower out there.
Questions & Answers
Victa mower 40 v starts but stops after a few seconds. Any ideas?
The engine is not getting fuel . make sure the fuel is above the tank filter , 2nd pull the fuel hose of the carby to see if fuel flows (steady stream) if not clean fuel filter or replace
3rd check the float needle on the carby not stuck by removing front cover on the carby the needle valve should drop down with the float.
|Category||Battery Lawn Mowers|
|Power Source||Battery (Removable)|
|Features||Mulching Capability and Quick-Start Motor|
|Cutting Width||457 mm|
|Height of Cut||2 mm to 7.6 mm|
|Number of Blades||2|
|Noise Level||63 dB|
|Charging Time||2 hours|
|Manufacturer Warranty||2 year(s)|
|Engine / Motor|
|Brand||Briggs & Stratton|
|Engine Type||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|Engine Name||Briggs & Stratton 40V 4AH Lithium-Ion Brushless Motor|
- MPN: 883023
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